Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gunmen attack police convoy

Unidentified gunmen ambushed a convoy of five police vehicles in the western Mexico state of Jalisco, killing nine officers and leaving one missing.

The 20 officers in the convoy were outnumbered by the attackers, who were riding in about 10 sport utility vehicles, the Jalisco state public safety department said in a statement.

The 10 officers who survived the attack fought an hours-long battle with the gunmen, and several were wounded.

The attackers used grenades and assault rifles before fleeing into neighbouring Michoacan state.

Air Corps plane in second scare

An Air Corps plane was forced to make an emergency landing today for the second time in a week.

The CASA aircraft was on a routine maritime patrol around 150 miles off the west coast when a warning light lit up in the cockpit at around 11.10am.

The Defence Forces said one of the aircraft's two engines was shut down as a precaution and a controlled emergency landing was carried out at Eglinton Airport in Derry at 1.34pm.

He said that all six crew members were safe and well.

A spokesman said the same aircraft made a precautionary emergency landing at Kerry Airport, Farranfore last Friday.

Meeting for MSA sufferers

A new support group for people with the neurological disorder Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) will hold a meeting for those affected by the condition on Sunday, October 31.

The group, which is linked with the UK-based MSA Trust, aims to bring together people suffering from MSA and their carers.

The meeting takes place at the Citywest Hotel, Naas Road, Co Dublin at 2 pm.

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